Six Ways Franchises Go Terminal

Franchises! It's easy to understand why some folks hate them and decry their influence on the entertainment industry, but it's also easy to see why so many people love them, casual fans and hardcore enthusiasts alike. Today's vast, intricately-realized franchises forge a sense of continuity, not just through their… » 10/30/14 6:21am Today 6:21am

I'm holding off on the Xbox One at least until Halo 5 drops, or there's another hardware rev/price cut. At the moment my TV cart is full up, including a PS4 and a Wii U that should probably get more love. » 10/29/14 11:51pm Yesterday 11:51pm

Well, you'll be happy to know that yesterday, I went in Best Buy and picked up a Nexus 7 (2013 model, 16 GB/Wi-Fi). They only had four left in stock, but the sales guy was surprised to hear that Google had stopped making them. Even the Google rep hadn't heard the news. So if you're on the fence about buying one before… » 10/29/14 10:46pm Yesterday 10:46pm

The Annotated "Mitchell"

To promote the upcoming Turkey Day box set of classic Mystery Science Theater episodes, Shout Factory has released a free version of the seminal 1993 MST3K episode Mitchell to YouTube — now with annotations. Even if you've watched this particular show several hundred times like me dozens of times, you likely haven't… » 10/29/14 11:50am Yesterday 11:50am

My pick: The Bishop of Battle, the arcade game from the segment of the same name from the 1983 horror anthology flick Nightmares. Emilio Estevez plays an angry young punk — basically Repo Man's Otto, minus the irony — who cuts school and defies his family so he can master the game, only to get more than he bargained… » 10/28/14 6:01am Tuesday 6:01am